What is Macular Degeneration?
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) occurs when the central portion of the retina - known as the macula - suffers deterioration. This typically affects the central field of vision. AMD is one of the leading causes of blindness and vision loss in the United States, affecting more than 10 million Americans.
Some common symptoms are:
- Gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly
- Distorted vision
- Gradual loss of color vision
- Empty area appearing in the center vision
While the exact cause of AMD is not known, you may be at higher risk to develop AMD if you:
- Eat a diet high in saturated fat (found in foods like meat, butter, and cheese)
- Are overweight
- Smoke cigarettes
- Are over 50 years old
- Have a family history of AMD
- Are Caucasian (white)
Central vision that is lost to Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) cannot be restored. A comprehensive eye exam, including a thorough retinal scan, should be performed yearly to detect the development and progression of the disease. Research indicates certain vitamins and minerals may help prevent or slow the progression of macular degeneration. If AMD has already affected a patient's sight, low vision devices are available to make visual tasks easier.
All of our doctors are well qualified to diagnose and treat AMD, and are able to see AMD patients at all four of our conveniently located clinics.